Search for Casey White and Vicky White: An Alabama corrections officer sold her home days before she went missing with an inmate. Now investigators suspect a romantic relationship.

Those are some of the clues that support the belief that an Alabama corrections officer and a murder suspect had a romantic relationship before they both disappeared, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.

Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, disappeared Friday morning after she said she would take the inmate to court before seeking medical attention because she was not feeling well.

But the two never made it to court. And Vicky White didn’t make it to the medical center.

The documents reveal that Vicky White, who had recently announced her plans to retire as the county’s deputy director of corrections, sold her home just days before she and Casey White disappeared.

Documents show the house sold on April 18 for $95,550, well below current market value. Lauderdale County online records list the home’s total parcel value at $204,700.

Details of ‘special relationship’ emerge, sheriff says

Vicky White is now the subject of an active warrant for allegedly allowing or facilitating first-degree flight, the sheriff said Monday. Authorities believe the officer and inmate had a romantic relationship that extended into Vicky White’s off-duty hours, Singleton said.

They traced the relationship back to 2020, when Casey White, already serving time in state prison, was first brought to Lauderdale County for an arraignment on murder charges related to the 2015 death of a 58-year-old man. Connie Ridgeway.

“As far as we know, that was the first physical contact they had,” Singleton said.

Singleton said that Casey White and Vicky White had a “special relationship” that was confirmed, in part, by other inmates who told investigators that Casey White “was getting extra food on her trays” and “was getting privileges that no one else had.” And this was all coming from her.”

The sheriff said the couple continued to communicate after Casey White was transferred back to state prison, where he served 75 years for a series of felonies in 2015. Casey White returned to the Lauderdale County Detention Center in February to attend judicial hearings in its capital. murder case

The Lauderdale County Jail had a policy requiring two sworn officers to accompany inmates at all times, including during transportation to court. Singleton said the policy was emphasized after authorities discovered Casey White had a makeshift knife on him in 2020 and had planned to escape and take a hostage.

But last Friday morning, Vicky White ordered Casey White to be prepared for transport and told the reserve officer that since other officers had already left for court and she was the only available officer with a firearm certified fire, I would take it to court. alone, the sheriff said.

“Being the boss and in charge of transportation, she simply informed the booking officer that she was going to take him to the courthouse and drop him off, which was a blatant violation of policy. But I’m sure because she was her boss, the booking officer didn’t tell him.” questioned,” Singleton said.

The sheriff described Casey White as “an extremely dangerous person” and warned people not to approach him if they see him and to call the police.

Authorities assume that Casey White is armed because Vicky White was armed. The US Marshals Service warned Tuesday that they may have an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun.

How did the escape unfold?

Surveillance video released by the detention center on Tuesday shows Casey White, chained and handcuffed in an orange jumpsuit, being escorted into the back of Vicky White’s patrol car on Friday morning.

From there, Singleton says, the couple drove to a shopping center less than 10 minutes away, ditched the patrol car and got into a gold or copper 2007 Ford Edge.

Authorities believe Vicky White and Casey White were last in a gold or copper colored 2007 Ford Edge.

Vicky White bought the car in Rogersville, about 25 miles east of Lauderdale County, and parked it the night before she went missing, Singleton said.

“We know that there was never any effort to go to court. They went directly to the Florence Square parking lot, left the squad car, got in the other vehicle and drove away,” Singleton said.

“We’re guessing they’ll get rid of that car at the earliest opportunity when they find out the description is available,” the sheriff said. “So we’re back to square one.”

“I’m so disappointed in her,” says DA

Vicky White was scheduled to retire Friday after nearly two decades with the department, although her retirement fund paperwork had not been processed, the sheriff said.

An Alabama inmate and corrections officer are missing.  This is what we know

Now family and colleagues of the woman described as “a model employee” with “a spotless record” have expressed disbelief over her disappearance and emerging details.

Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly last spoke to Vicky White the day before she went missing, saying he was “absolutely stunned” to learn of the situation. Connoly described the officer as “the most solid person in the jail.”

“I’m very disappointed in her,” he said. “She was trustworthy, and she exploited that trust.”

Vicky White’s mother, with whom she had been living for the past five weeks after selling her house, said she never heard her daughter mention Casey White and was shocked to discover she had disappeared with an accused killer.

“As a mother, I didn’t know how to act because at first I thought it was a mistake. And then when I found out it was, it was just disbelief,” Pat Davis told CNN affiliate WAAY.

The Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the location of the escaped inmate and up to $5,000 for the missing officer.

CNN’s Jade Gordon, Tina Burnside, Jon Passantino, Jamiel Lynch, Ryan Young, Jaide Timm-Garcia and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.

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